Sunday, May 12, 2013

Best Mother's Day

It has already been the best Mother's Day before it even got here. You know what is really neat? When your child understands Mother's Day finally. Charlie understands now, because of his teachers at school, and it has made this year so special.

We had a Mother's Day tea on Thursday at Charlie's school and it just about made my heart burst. Charlie took my hand and showed me to my seat. He had made little cucumber sandwiches and iced cookies. I had a gift - a sweet heart shaped pendent for a necklace with his thumbprint on it.

Charlie had painted a picture of me and the teachers interviewed him to write what he loved about me. Here is what he said:

She is good at Super Here Chutes and Ladders even when sometimes you have to go back to the beginning. I love her because she is the best Mommy.

I mean. Could you die??

There was also a very sweet card with a drawing of us on the front and his hand prints inside. The invitations to the tea also had artwork on them. I have to find some way to save it all. FOREVER!

The kids all sang a song and I wish I could have gotten a picture with Charlie, but he was feeling shy and didn't want to pose. What can you do? I let him take my picture with my new necklace, though, and here is how it turned out:
Dodging the camera:
Singing with his class:

It was all very sweet and I felt so proud of him and lucky to be his mom. I definitely need to find his teachers some very nice wine for an end of the year gift!!

This morning, Brad has taken both kids to pick up Starbucks so I could have some lazy time. It's such a treat - mornings are always so hectic. He took them yesterday too for a while so I could go to my pilates class and have some down time. I wasn't sure what to do with myself without my two extra appendages. We're going to go get some yummy brunch at Toast here in a little while.

Hope all you moms out there have a fantastic Mother's Day! Especially my mom, who we are so excited to see in a few weeks! We love you!!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Four Months of Eleanor

I am so late in posting this. I am going to be writing the 5 month update in 2 weeks! I am just so exhausted by the time they are both in bed, I can barely string together a coherent sentence. I watch some TV, maybe have a glass of wine (or 3) and relish in the one time of day when nothing is required of me. And then ZONK. I'm out.

But back to the task at hand. Eleanor, in all her sweetness, turning 4 months old. She finally sleeps. I don't know why or how, but like to attribute it to my mom's last visit. Nana to the rescue, spending her hard earned spring break helping me with my children and letting me finally get some rest. I think at the 8 or 9 week mark of absolutely no sleep at all I must have been sounding pretty dire and scary.

My mom told me when she was here that she was going to have a talk with Eleanor about the whole sleeping situation. That every 2 to 3 hours at night was no longer cool. And what do you know, a week after Nana leaves, Eleanor starts sleeping more. It was a 5 or 6 hour stretch, then 7 or 8 and then finally, 10. 11. Even a few nights of 12. Pinch me.

It's still unpredictable. She may sleep through or she may get up at 4. But the sweet girl goes to bed around 6:30 or 7, so who am I to complain? If things go well, I have her in bed and then can focus some solid attention on Charlie and reading bedtime books with him.

This is also the month she chose to wait until the one hour I left her alone with a sitter to go to Charlie's school Parent Night to roll over. Yeah. I spend so much freakin' time with this baby and she STILL rolls over for the first time without me. I've seen her do it once since then, but she hates being on her tummy so bad that she is not really motivated to roll on to it again.

She is doing all the other cute little 4 month old things she is supposed to do. She grasps things, she chews on her hands, she has found her feet, she drools, she smiles, she laughs. It is adorable and precious. I want to eat her up.

The doctor told me it is possible, but not likely, that she would get a tooth at this age. I then talked to various friends who all had at least one kid breaking a tooth out during their 4th or 5th month. So we'll see. There's teething activity going on, that's all I'm going to say.

She loves her baths, especially getting her hair washed. I do a salon quality scalp massage with it, so who can blame her? She also loves having her hair brushed. From fussy because she's cold to cooing pure happiness - all because of the hairbrush.

She is so long that a lot of clothes for her age don't fit. I'm buying 6 months in some stuff and 9 in others. She's wearing 70's from Hanna! I'm having a blast shopping for her. She already has so many more clothes than Charlie did at this age. And several more pairs of shoes.

Now that she is sleeping and I can think straight and think past just surviving, the past few weeks have been about falling in love with her. The time moves too quickly. I am already trying to remember what it was like to hold her when she was super tiny and new. You forget, too quickly. But I know around the corner is finding out more about her personality, so I try and focus on what we have to look forward to. I just wish time would slow down a little.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Eleanor's 4 Month Check Up

I love this photo, with her little mohawk and hand on mine and flower behind her ear. And drool, because she is either drooling or eating her hands all the time.

Anyways! We had her 4 month doctor appointment today. A bit late because we waited a week to get her vaccinations last time since she had just been sick with that virus. Hard to believe that was just two months ago - feels like ages. 

She is up to a whopping 14 pounds! Feels huge for our little slow weight gainer. She is perfect in every way, so it was a quick, routine visit. 

I found out the little collection of red dots on her forehead is a birth mark breaking through. Apparently that happens at a certain point after birth. It should not grow too much larger and will fade over time. It is in one of the indents of her widow's peak. 

I just had to go google widow's peak and read about it. If your child has one, don't do that. Especially Wiki. Ugh. 

Anyways! Apart from carrying a genetic defect that is associated with villains (thanks Wiki!) she is doing great. We briefly discussed starting cereal, but since she's sleeping well there is no reason to rush. Seems like the norm for starting solids has moved to closer to six months unless there is some other reason. Cereal is so boring anyways - real food is where the fun is at! 

She had to get the same shots as her last appointment and was fussy about her sore leg most of the day. Poor thing. 

So here are the stats:

Weight: 14 pounds (50th)
Height: 25 1/2 inches (75-90th)
Head: 16 3/4 (75-90th)

We go back in two months for basically the exact same appointment.